Required Elements How It Works

Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements

At the Kickoff Event we will announce a character, a prop and a line of dialogue just a few minutes before the Official Filmmaking Period begins.

These elements must be included in your film.

The elements will vary from city to city, but in each location ALL teams will have the same required elements. It's up to each team to decide how to integrate them into their own film. Teams compete for most creative use of these elements.

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Examples of Previous Characters

Tshidi Mogwase, Translator Gaborone, Botswana 2013

Virgil or Vanna Gerbens, Uncle/Aunt Denver, Colorado 2013

Woodrow or Wendy Willamer, Famous Author Savannah, Georgia 2014

Dan or Danielle Bridges, Roommate Salt Lake City, Utah 2009


Examples of Previous Props

a fishing rod Austin, Texas 2007

a bottle of wine Dallas, Texas 2010


Examples of Previous Lines

Whatever you do, don't move. Indianapolis, Indiana 2007

I have a surprise for you. Portland, Oregon 2010

I know a thing or two. New Orleans, Louisiana 2008

There is one thing I can do that you can't. Machinima 2010

Required Line

The required line of dialogue must be heard or seen - it may be written. It may be in a foreign language; however if it is not clear that this is the required line, it should be translated.

Required Character

The required character does not have to be the star, but we must actually see him/her on the screen. Name tags, etc. are not necessary so long as the audience can infer who he/she is.

Required Prop

The required prop must be seen, and it should be used in your film in some way.

Adherence to Assignment

Did you know judges base part of their scores on a film’s adherence to assignment? This refers to the genre and required elements.

Elements in Credits Do Not Count

The required elements must appear in the story of your film. Use of the elements only in the end credits will NOT fulfill the requirement.

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